Toward a diversified post-pandemic resumption – APLUSR Architects

APLUSR Architects

APLUSR Architects

Curated and Edited by Varun Kumar

APLUSR Architects had moulded into a more diversified practice across the Pandemic by including new departments of work and with international candidates being added to the team. The studio expands into different revenue streams for a rejuvenated resumption post the pandemic lulls.

Share Post:

Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email

Tell us about some important projects that your studio was involved in just before the lockdown.


Some of our projects at the time of the Pandemic include work for Smart City Mangalore, Industrial master planning, International Schools, and a Villa in Vienna, Italy.


Which were the biggest challenges and fears you faced because of the lockdown?


We experienced issues of lack in manpower and human resources. We had to shift to Remote meetings too. Not being able to travel during the lockdown was a hindrance too. Loss of communication between the associated teams and inability to meet with our clients in person significantly slowed down our work process. 


What were the challenges you faced with the monetary flow in your practice and how are you handling them?


The biggest challenges were projects getting shelved and the labour force not being available. This completely prevented any opportunities of working. Henceforth the salary payroll became very critical to organize when fund inflow was cut down too.


How are you strategizing to adapt to the new conditions of work upon resumption of office post the lockdowns?


To venture into new departments and new directions were the way ahead for us. Building a new team from scratch seemed a necessity. Working on virtual platforms transformed our way of working.


We are however able to collaborate with international teams which added more sophistication to our practice.


Were any new methods of work evolved during the lockdown?


Real-time meeting with sites and clients on virtual platforms was the best available option. Remote working through the work-from-home model became prominent for us. Flexible working hours were also naturally a part of our process now. Through all these methods it was important for us to focus on teamwork and quality of output.


How were the coordination issues resolved with the studio staff and on-site team?


It was the most difficult issue to be sorted out when travel was banned. But we managed to use WhatsApp and zoom to pave a new strategy to continue construction. Frequent follow up via messages and a dedicated architects-team to monitor the progress was helpful.


What were the biggest learnings from the pandemic? And which decisions and new work methods you feel your studio will continue with for the future?


We have understood that diversifying the business model and establishing new departments within the office can be of immense help. Developing other income-generating channels and investments to support overhead-expenses and the salary payroll, are viable options now.


Architects from Dubai and Argentina joined us recently on a work-from-home basis. This was a fresh area of our practice to explore and learn about. COVID-19 has enabled us to hire and collaborate with people from all around the world now. With the flexible working hours seen now, we try to spend more time on research and development.


Please share a few words about any construction approval processes being influenced by the lockdown. How have the development authorities responded to you and did they share any instructions regarding the approval processes?


The concerned government offices helped us while working remotely to submit the application processes virtually.


How have your contractors and labour network been influenced by the lockdown and what measures have you made to sustain or revive them?


We have tried to provide them with the necessary precautions and brought them back to work from their native place. We have further invited the local labour force to utilize this vacuum generated which helps them with new work opportunities. 


Are you involved in any off-studio/allied initiatives such as office collaborations, NGO and social projects, working with authorities, photography, writing, research, conservation, etc.? How were these initiatives influenced by the lockdown, and how are you handling them? 


We worked majorly with Coimbatore civic authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in public spaces. We closely worked with the Local minister of public administration, Honorable Minister Thiru SP Velumani Sir on shifting market places to large open public spaces.


About the Practice :


Please let us know about the founding year, principals, team and studio. 


APLUSR Architects was founded in 2012. The team consists of architects Raaghav, Naagendran, and Tamil Selvi. Raaghav completed his Master’s in Advanced Architecture at UPC Barcelona, Spain, where He explored the ideas of material, research and design computation that harmoniously culminated into a thesis about Graphene and its Architectural Applications. Currently, APLUSR Architects are working on various steel projects for residences, hospitals, factories, industrial and commercial projects. We try to provide architecture solutions with a blend of ancient past vernacular architecture infused with modern technology.


What are some of the processes and work methods unique to your practice?


The studio is involved in research of materials as a part of their practice. Parallelly workshops are conducted by the studio to test new techniques of construction. APLUSR Architects provides a blend of vernacular materials and modern technology to revive lost arts and craftsmanship. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You May Also Like

Framed House, at Bangalore, India, by Crest Architects

Framed House, at Bangalore, India, by Crest Architects

Located within a gated community in North Bangalore, the square-shaped plot of this residence abuts the road on the southern and western sides and enjoys views of the encompassing greenery. Based on the client’s requirements, our approach was to design a modest house with a specific emphasis on natural light and ventilation.  

Read More »

TIGER TIGER – Nisha Mathew Ghosh

TIGER TIGER is part of a series on animals and their implied symbolic narrative appropriated politically and socially. This series studies the perception of people and conjures up new imaginaries as form is divested of its power by dematerializing it via the act of weaving a narrative shorn of the power, panache, swagger associated with the cultural, symbolic or naturalized form. – Nisha Mathew Ghosh

Read More »
Conserving The Commissariat Bulding, DR DN Road, by Vikas Dilawari

Conserving The Commissariat Building, DR DN Road, by Vikas Dilawari

Mumbai was the first city in India to have heritage regulations to protect its living heritage. This listing and the corresponding regulations binding these precincts would also protect these old areas from burdening the fragile infrastructure with high-rise buildings. These precincts, more than individual structures, puts forward each city’s uniqueness. Heritage awareness is certainly increasing on paper with more nominations of World Heritage Site ensembles. But in reality, its protection on the ground is decreasing at an alarming rate.

Read More »

“A Sense of Space: This book is an invitation to liberate oneself from the valorised image of western or imperial city planning towards a more nuanced, indigenous, and flexible approach to our cities.” Sudipto Ghosh Reviews A Sense of Space, by Ranjit Sabikhi

Those wondering why the design of contemporary Indian cities is such an arduous and joyless affair will find Ranjit Sabikhi’s book of immense interest. Many may even find themselves jolted to action within their spheres of influence despite the book’s unflappable tone. Most importantly, this book is an invitation to liberate oneself from the valorised image of western or imperial city planning towards a more nuanced, indigenous, and flexible approach to our cities. – Sudipto Ghosh

Read More »

Highway Restaurants Concept, at New Delhi, by Parag Singal Architects

The stirring proposal of Highway Bridge Restaurant was conceptualized by Parag Singal Architects. The idea is to build restaurants over National Highways that can be accessed from both sides of the road. Located on the center of the highway, it is almost impossible for the restaurant to go unnoticed by the motorists. It offers more visibility to the restaurant and makes it easier for the traveler to spot a place for refreshment, hence creating a win-win situation. – Parag Singal Architects

Read More »
MA001, at Ayroor, Kerala, India, by mamama

MA001, at Ayroor, Kerala, India, by mamama

Located in Ayroor, Kerala this family home that sits on the banks of the Chalakudy river is nothing less than a mini-ecosystem within itself — self-sufficient and symbiotic. Using local masons, carpenters, contractors and construction methods, this home was completed with natural materials such as terracotta and laterite tiles, kota stone and terracotta jaali blocks. A generous verandah wraps around three sides and a large open terrace on the upper floor maximises the spectacular views out onto the river. The house is an extension of the clients’ (perfect) idea of living a retired life.

Read More »

Subscribe to Architecture and Design Updates